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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
at tflis place, and soon saved enough to begin
a small business of his own. His success in
business was phenomenal. In a few years he
added a stock of general merchandise to his
drug store, and at the time of his death, and
for many years previous, was one of the most.
prominent merchants in this county. Mrs.
Hester, who survives him, was his companion
in adversity, and has contributed largely to
"Mr. Hester was a most devoted Christian,
and contributed largely to all religious, charitable
and educational objects. He was justly
proud of his nationality, and assisted many of
his countrymen to come to Texas and to live
after landing here. this generosity knew no
bounds. He was idolized by his family, and
extended his kindness to everybody, regardle.-s
of nationality, race or color. The funeral
procession was one of the largest that has
ever issued from our village. His remains
were interred at Early Chapel burying-ground,
by the Knights of Honor of Lexington and
Giddings lodges. Rev. G. Ubantke preached
an impressive discourse at the grave. The
deceased leaves a widow, nine daughters, one
son and a brother and sister at Hamburg to
mourn his death."
R. THOMAS A. POPE.-More than
two centuries ago there came from
England and settled in Virginia one
Thompson Pope, who had three sons. One
of these sons in early life went to Massachnsrtts,
another to Georgia, while the third remained
in Virginia. Each of these three men
have many descendants scattered throughout
the Union. One of them, belongin to the
Virginia branch, a native of that State, married
there in 1783, just after leaving the
Continental army, and fifteen years later with
his family emigrated to Lawrence county, Indiana,
where in 1811 Thompson Pope, the
youngest of eight boys, was born. When
Thompson Pope was eight years old his father
died, and shortly afterward his mother. The
elder boys with one exception moved westward.
Thompson while still a youth went to
Kentucky, where in 1834 he married Nancy
Admire, of Oldhamn county, that State, whose
father was born in South Carolina, and was
of French descent. In 1840 Thompson Pope
with his family emigrated to Macoupin
county, Illinois, and here, on June 26, 1847,
Thomas A. Pope, the seventh child, was born.
There were four children younger than
Thomas, making eleven children, of whom
six are still living. The father died in 1862.
The mother, aged seventy-eight, is still hale
and hearty, and lives with a daughter in
Most of the early life of the subject of this
sketch was spent in the schoolroom, his father
being exceedingly anxious to educate his
children; but in August, 1861, the fourteenyear-old
boy determined to see something of
the war that was then enveloping the southern
half of the Union, and ran away from
home, going to St. Louis, where it was his
intention to enlist in the Federal army. But
meeting at that place an acquaintance who
then held the position of assistant quartertermaster,
young Pope was offered and accepted
a place in his office, which gave him
an opportunity of being with the army but
not in the ranks. In company with his superior
officer he left St. Louis early in September,
1861, on an expedition up the Missouri
river, the objective point of which was
Lexington, that State. On reaching that
place, however, they found it besieged by the
Confederates under General Price, and got
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